NEW DELHI, 1 May 2020: In order to provide supply chain solutions to farmers during the ongoing COVID 19 crisis, CSIR-Central Road Research Institute (CSIR-CRRI) has launched a mobile application, Kisan Sabha App connecting farmers to supply chain and freight transportation management system.
This app will help farmers to dispatch their harvest and facilitate the timely delivery of the produce at the best possible prices and will also help in procuring fertilizers, seeds and other important farm materials.
One stop solutions for farmers
While launching the app, Director general of Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR) and Secretary of Department of Agricultural Research and Education, Dr Trilochan Mohapatra complimented CSIR on developing this portal as a one stop solution for farmers, transporters and other entities engaged in the agriculture Industry and offered that ICAR can work together with CSIR and use the Krishi Vigyan Kendra’s (KVK) networks for implementation.
Kisan Sabha app connects farmers, mandi dealers, transporters, mandi board members, service providers and consumers, the ministry of science & technology said.
The application is currently only avaliable on the Google Play Store, to get your kindly download it from here.
Provide economical, timely logistics support to farmers
Speaking on this, DG CSIR and Secretary DSIR, Dr Shekar C Mande said, “The development and launch of the App reiterates the commitment of CSIR in supporting the farmers in these critical times in the country.”
“We look forward to partnering with ICAR, Industry, MSMEs, the trucker and farming community and all stakeholders to take this initiative forward,” Mande underlined.
Kisan Sabha aims to provide the most economical and timely logistics support to the farmers and increase their profit margins by minimizing interference of middlemen and directly connecting with the institutional buyers.
It will also help in providing best market rates of crops by comparing nearest mandis, booking of freight vehicle at cheapest cost thereby giving maximum benefit to the farmers.
The launch of the app was witnessed remotely by representatives of industry, farmers, team of CSIR-CRRI and other senior scientists of CSIR.
App launched after interacting with farmers in Asia’s biggest Azadpur Mandi
Dr Satish Chandra, Director of CSIR-CRRI highlighted that as the overall agriculture market is not well organized and lot of produce gets wasted or is being sold at a very low rates.
A detailed primary study was undertaken wherein 500+ farmers, were interviewed and 6-day long survey with dealers, transporters and farmers was conducted in Asia’s biggest Azadpur Mandi to understand the various issues and gaps in the current environment. Based on this study and the current prevailing situation, the Kisan Sabha App was developed.
What does the app connects
The portal connects the farmers, transporters, Service providers (like pesticides/ fertilizer/ dealers, cold store and warehouse owner), mandi dealers, customers (like big retail outlets, online stores, institutional buyers) and other related entities for timely and effective solution.
Acts as single connection point
The portal acts as a single stop for every entity related to agriculture, be they a farmer who needs better price for the crops or mandi dealer who wants to connect to more farmers or truckers who invariably go empty from the mandis.
Connects fertilizer dealers, cold storage service provider
Kisan Sabha also works for people in agriculture services sector such as dealers of fertilizers/ pesticides, who can reach out to more farmers for their services.
It would also prove to be useful for those associated with cold store(s) or godown(s). Kisan Sabha also provides a platform for people who want to buy directly from the farmers.